The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second-oldest university still in operation. Even though there is no foundation date, there is evidence of teaching that dates back as far as 1096.Show more
The English course at Oxford is exceptional, even if it is quite limiting for students. You can only choose one paper – the rest are compulsory, covering a particular time period, i.e. 1350-1550. However, while the set up encourages you to look at canonical texts, you are able to essentially write on any text or writer within the given time frame – so if you are willing to put in the effort to find interesting, oblique writers you are very much able to write on them. Only Shakespeare and Chaucer are compulsory as writers.
The teaching was generally very good, and the class sizes small. However, the work is hard and a lot is expected of you which can really take its toll.
Oxford is a great if small city, but it is very expensive to live in. Student life is vibrant but the circles can be quite small – however, I certainly managed to have fun.
Studying at the University of Oxford can be a very stimulating and eye-opening experience, with a supportive network of brilliant people that encourage innovation and exchanges. There is always a place to try out new things or learn about cutting edge research, and the international diversity of the student body at a graduate level provides a unique human experience – in addition to the opportunity of living in a small, gorgeous town with lots of surrounding green areas. On the other hand, the competitivity and the imposteur syndrome can be crushing, and it is important to indulge in self care and to take a step back from Oxford, since it has a very powerful ‘bubble’ effect. As anywhere, there is some good and some bad, but because of the intense rhythm of the Oxford life and academic calendar, these kind be felt more powerfully than in other places.
The University of Oxford helps you achieve high personal and academic standards, and benefits from centuries of scholarship, the proximity of London, and one of the best library network in the world – yet it is also a place that is demanding and in which the sense of realities can sometimes be a little be erased.
I am not satisfied with the quality of the education I received compared to the reputation of the university. The professors had limited time to spare to one on one meetings or discussions with the students. Especially the thesis research process is very lonely and a lot of students feel depressed and helpless due to not enough academic and psychological support available.View more
I really enjoyed my short time at the University of Oxford, particularly my department (Oxford Internet Institute), college (Wolfson) and the city as a whole. As you might expect it is very hard work but was also very rewarding. The people I met there were on the whole interesting, fun and remarkably normal. Aside from that, I wasn’t particularly enamoured with the administration and customs (read: navigating the collegiate system, wearing a suit and tie to take an exam, Latin at ‘matriculation’ etc) but it was tolerable and probably a bonus if you like that sort of thing.View more
It was a great experience, the quality of teaching and attention was excellent, particularly with the tutorial system. My class sizes were all between 2 and 8. On the whole, the rest of the student body were nice, and it was relatively easy to maintain a good work/life balance.View more
I like the college culture of the University of Oxford a lot. In college, we get to meet friends from different disciplines at different research stages, which is extremely important for postgraduates who interact with only a few people, especially humanities researcher who works on individual projects.View more
Oxford is very full on and difficult. The workload is very high, very consistently, and most people find it hard to keep up. Because there is so much work, you often feel like you haven’t fully understood and covered every topic. The atmosphere at the university is also still fairly posh and stuffy. People from privileged backgrounds dominate extracurriculars in university life.
The PPE course is very anglo-centric. Philosophy is exclusively analytic, and politics is either analytic theory or positivist empirical work.View more
A great place to study in a magnificent campus. The whole setting is inspiring and there is a culture which makes you want to perform as best as you can. There are also great events around the campus all the timeView more
Wonderful professors. Intellectually stimulating. Courses outdated, however, and should be altered – more modern texts, female intellectuals etc. The term length of 8 weeks is unnecessarily short at the expense of student welfare (work load too high for short period of time).View more
With its academic excellence and exceptional research opportunities, Oxford University is a world-leading institution of research, learning, and teaching. Not only students are provided a brilliant academic environment,
but they are also surrounded by supportive groups of people and services that take care of their life in Oxford, especially their welfare.